Thanksgiving and Humility

by | Nov 21, 2011 | Faith, Family | 6 comments |

Thanksgiving celebrates harvest time during the fall in nature’s calendar, but for me the holiday changed according to the seasons of life. In the “springtime” of youth, I set the table, helped in the kitchen and babysat younger cousins during dinner. When the “summertime” of adulthood arrived, I became self-sufficient, and, along with my first husband, provided for our young family, and proudly so.

Pride comes before the fall.

I imagine that many people know that their good fortune is something to be celebrated with humility, but I didn’t. Not until my marriage failed and I ended up a middle-aged woman spending Thanksgiving alone did I realize that I missed that lesson somewhere. I wish I could say that I made a quick 180-degree turn, but the harvest of humility and gratitude took me several more years.

Now in the fall of life, I know that my life has a purpose, to serve, to use my hands, talents and skills to do good work. This year at Vanaprastha, Keith and I welcome family, friends and neighbors to our table. We share the cornucopia of our prosperity and give humble thanks to God for all our blessings.

Happy Thanks Giving!


  1. Susan

    At my aunt’s this year…
    It is the year of the hard decision. Yes, probably after I leave she will be put into a facitlity. I love her but, she doesn’t move from the chair. It is hard when you have known her to be so active. Good to hear you are well.

    • Carole Duff

      My prayers are with you. -C.D.

  2. Sarah Myers

    Nicely said – Thursday gives us an opportunity to say those SO important words . . . Thank you!

  3. Bev Lacey

    Well put, Carole. I’m thankful that you sent me the link to your blog after our discussion at Basic Necessities. Wishing you a Thanksgiving that creates lasting memories and food for more blogs! –Bev

    • Carole Duff

      Thank you, Bev, and for all the wonderful “necessities”. -C.D.



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